What is proofreading?
Proofreading is the final polish that will make your writing shine. It is a meticulous, word-by-word analysis and corrective process. It is a process of vigilance and anticipation. A proofreader’s job is not just to find what is there, but to find what is missing. The value of proofreading services is that is enhances meaning. It rescues clarity from confusion. In short, it minimises errors, gaps and weaknesses to create a clean, streamlined reading experience.
What is the difference between reading and proofreading?
Proofreading is an entirely different process to reading. It involves very different skills. As we read, we do so to understand. Then, when we have understood a sentence, we move on to the next one. This continuous process of finding meaning effectively overwhelms the critical eye. This is especially the case when the person is an inexperienced reader. Inexperienced readers who write see what they mean, not what they write. They create long sentences that combine several thoughts. Their sentences may also be mixtures of several sentence patterns. Sometimes, they blend two or three sentences into one. As a result, the overall message they are trying to deliver is jumbled. In short, the writing doesn’t work.
Thesis proofreading services
Proofreading a thesis or dissertation means searching for and correcting mistakes in the text. They include grammar errors, punctuation mistakes, typos (spelling mistakes) and word choice. These are relatively minor errors. But not when they are numerous. Then it means a difficult, even annoying, read. Quality proofreading services will find these mistakes and correct them.
The more these weaknesses are eliminated, the stronger the writing becomes. That means significantly higher quality, clarity and readability. Furthermore, it means less work for the reader. In short, it’s a far more pleasant experience.
It can also mean a higher mark or even grade. How higher depends on two things. First, the level of issues there are in the text. Second, the extent to which the proofreader identifies and resolves them. The more the proofreader can do this, the higher the mark will rise.
The proofreading services you need
Unfortunately, some individuals who provide thesis proofreading services in Ireland often fall into one of two categories. They are either recent graduates with little writing or editing experience. Or they have Master’s degrees, or even PhDs. But many of those can’t write or proofread very well, either. Therefore, you need a special kind of proofreader. Firstly, one who is sufficiently experienced in writing, proofing and editing. Secondly, (s)he also needs to be competent enough to identify and deal with the various gaps and weaknesses in what you have written.
Our proofreading services
We have almost 30 years’ experience of professional writing and editing. It includes 12 years’ experience in the academic area. What we do is usually a combination of three elements: proofreading services, copy editing and, where necessary, careful rewording. As a result, a proofread thesis is significantly superior to the original version in both style and substance. In short, our blend of improvements brings out the best in your work.
Moreover, we also offer helpful comments and observations. For example, maybe the meaning of a word or sentence is unclear. Maybe it is ambiguous and could mean one of two things. Or maybe it just contradicts something else in the text. Don’t worry. We’ll take care of it!
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Give it a rest
It’s hard to have perspective about what you have written when you have worked on it to the point of exhaustion. A kind of fatigued blindness sets in, and you feel jaded just looking at it. So before you attempt to proofread your thesis or dissertation, put it away for a few days. When you go back to it, you will find new clarity and new ways to improve it. Make any necessary changes to the text. Proofread a few pages at a time, and make sure to take a break and some exercise. Doing so will enable you to look at our writing with fresh eyes every time – and you will be far more productive as a result.
Print it out
When proofreading and editing documents, each editor has his/her preferred methods. What works for some people may not work for others. One useful and popular approach, particularly among professional writers, is to print out what they have written, then take a pen and make the required edits and corrections on the document. You can then apply these changes on your computer. Many people find this approach works far better than making edits and corrections on-screen as they can see more mistakes in the thesis or dissertation.